Date: Thu, 16 Feb 1995 22:50:55 EST
From: Larry Horn LHORN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]YALEVM.CIS.YALE.EDU
Subject: Re: Derivation of Jake
My assumption has always been that Jake is a nickname for Jacob rather
than James or John, but diachronic onomatologist needs to sign on and
give us the scoop.
Speaking of diachronic onomatologists, can anyone recommend a good source for
records on the developments of personal names, e.g. how frequently a given
name was bestowed (in the U.S.) at a particular
point in time (I'm trying to track down some information
pertaining to the mid-nineteenth century in particular), differentiated by sex
of namee? thanks.